The flex offense is a patterned, continuity offense that makes effective use of backscreens to create easy and open scoring opportunities. There are also other cuts, flashes, and movements to create open shots.
The flex offense diagrammed here is the basic flex offense. The flex requires good offensive spacing and good timing between the passes, picks, and cuts. There are certainly other options that can be utilized though these are the basics.
1) The first diagram shows the beginning flex setup and initial movements on a guard to guard pass.
Guard to Guard Pass:
#3 flex cuts off the pick set by #5. #3 should cut as the ball leaves #1’s hands.
2) Guard to Guard Pass continued:
#2 looks to pass to a cutting #3, if open. #1, after passing to #2, sets a downscreen for #5. #5 cuts to elbow area looking for the pass from #2.
3) –Flex Options–
Guard to Corner Options: Give and Go
This option can be utilized when the ball is passed from the top to the wing and the post is open (the post player, #5, is on the opposite low block).
#2 makes the intial pass to the wing player (#4) and runs a give and go. If #2 does not receive the give and go pass, he clears out to the weakside.
#1 and #3 replace.
4) Give and Go continued:
If the give and go wasn’t available, the ball can be quickly reversed from #4 to #1 to #3. #2, on the clear-through, should rub his defender off a baseline screen from #5. This maneuver may allow #2 to be open for a shot off the quick reversal.
5) Give and Go continued:
If the ball is passed to #2 on the reversal, but he is not able to take a shot, #5 should set an upscreen for #3, who will cut hard to the basket looking for a possible layup.
#5, after setting the screen, should open up to the ball. He may be open for a shot if his defender helps out on #3’s cut.
6) Guard to Corner Options: Diagonal Screen
This option can be utilized when the ball is passed from the top to the wing and the post is closed (the post player, #2, is on the ballside low block).
As the wing player, #4, receives the pass, #2 sets a diagonal screen for #3; #2 then opens up to the basketball.
#5 replaces #3’s spot and sets backscreen for #1 who is flaring to the wing/corner looking for a possible skip pass from #4 or #2.
7) –Flex Options–
Guard to Post Option: Baseline Cut
This option can be utilized when the post player is open to receive the pass (if he can receive the pass, he doesn’t need to diagonal screen, as shown in the above diagram).
The post player, #5, receives the pass from the wing player, #3. #3 cuts low off of the post and everyone shifts over to replace.
If #5 does not have a move, he should kick the ball back out. Once the ball is reversed, you will be back in flex.
8) Guard to Post Option: Dribble Entry
This option can be effective when the wing player is not open.
#2 dribbles to create a passing angle to #5 in the low post. After making the pass to #5, #2 should clear through to the weakside.
#4 screens back to the weakside for #1 to the corner and/or for #3 at the elbow.
#5 will look to score if possible. Otherwise, he will have possible passing options to #2 cutting through to the weakside, #1 coming over to the corner, or for #3 or even #4 in the high post/key area.
9) Guard to Post Option: Doublescreen
Another option for the wing passer; instead of the baseline cut (see diagram 7)
#3 passes to the post and along with #1, sets a doublescreen at the elbow for #2.
#2 comes off the screen looking for a pass from #5 and a possible jump shot.
The screener who’s defender helps out on #2 should make a quick cut to the basket for an easy pass and shot from #5 (#3 makes the cut in this diagram).
10) Flex Optional Entries
1-4 Low Entry
These optional entries are additional methods to get the flex offense started. For the 1-4 low entry, the players set up as shown. The point guard must dribble decisively to one side of the floor. The player on the ball side block (#5) flashes to the high post.
#2 then makes a flex cut off of #4. #1 can pass to #2 off the flex cut or to #5 in the high post.
If the pass goes to #5, this will cause #3 to perform a flex cut once #2 reaches the low post.
11) Flex Optional Entries
Double Stack Low
The players set up in a double low stack as shown. The point guard dribbles decisively to one side of the court. The ballside stack (#3 and #4) each set a cross screen for the opposite stack.
The top player (#4) cuts to block area while the bottom player (#2) cuts to ballside corner/wing.
The top screener (#5) opens up to the ball at the high post. The bottom screener (#3) pops out to the corner. The players are in now the flex.
12) Flex Optional Entries
Double Stack High
The point guard, #1, dribbles to one side. The bottom player on the ballside (#2) pops out to the wing for a pass.
#4 steps out and sets a backpick for #1, who cuts down to the low block, looking for a pass from #2.
On the weakside, #3 dives down and waits for a downscreen from #5. #5 sets the downscreen. #3 cuts to the top and #5 opens up to the corner.
The players are now in flex formation.
13) Double Stack High continued
If #1 isn’t open off of the backpick, the ball is reversed over to #3. The reversal from #4 to #3 will cause #2 to cut off of a flex screen from #1. #1 will then cut off a downscreen set by #4 for an elbow shot.
#3 looks to #2 on the flex cut or to #1 at the elbow.
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